“Ferdinand Fox curled up in the sun
as the church of St Mary struck quarter past one. His tummy was full, he was ready for sleep, and closing his eyes he began to count sheep…”
Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep is one of six rhyming stories about a kindhearted urban fox. Ferdinand sleeps his way through this first story where, through his dream bubbles, he shares with us all of his favourite food! Young children love the rhyming text and vibrant colours!
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Inspiration for Ferdinand Fox
The inspiration for Ferdinand came from the most beautiful urban fox that I spotted trotting along in a backstreet one misty November evening over 10 years ago. He was incredibly healthy looking and the street lamp lit up his magnificent tail.
He also looked a very kind and interesting fox and I couldn’t stop thinking about him him – wondering what he was doing and where he lived.
After that I kept seeing foxes – or hearing stories from friends about them – and all of my stories are based on actual events. Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep is based on a true story that happened to a friend I was sharing an apartment with in London!
Also available as a colouring book!
Five reasons why you should read Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep!
- Lovely early reviews from children, parents and teachers on Amazon, Goodreads Parents in Touch and Waterstones’ websites!
- Children and parents love rhyming text!
- Free colouring sheets and puzzle games on Ferdinand’s own website.
- Activity and storybook in one – Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep Colouring Book includes the full text and black and white illustrations to colour in.
- Rhyme lasts across time – a great book to keep for your grandchildren!
How to buy Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep
You can buy Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep or Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep Colouring Book in print from Amazon and most major online bookstores worldwide. Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep colour picture book is also stocked by selected branches of Waterstones in southwest London and in local independent bookshops such as The Barnes Bookshop SW13 and The Sheen Bookshop SW14 and Wimbledon Books, SW19.
Both the picture book and the colouring book can also be ordered from any UK bookshop – just ask!
Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep – other formats
Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep is also available as an interactive iPad App, and as an enhanced eBook.
The interactive app includes my own narration (which you can choose to turn off or on), as well as touch-activated animation and audio and ‘word bubbles’. The word bubbles appear when key images are tapped, along with my voice-over of that word. At the end of the book there is a fun drag and drop word/picture matching game aimed at pre-readers and early readers, building on the images and words seen.
The enhanced eBook , which works on iPhone and iPod as well as iPad and Mac, includes my author narration, audio effects and ‘read along’ word highlighting. As with the app, you can choose to turn the author narration on or off. The eBook has less interaction than the app, but is equally appealing for little ones who can follow the story themselves if they wish to. (It will even turn the page for them if you want it to!)
I’ve included a bonus ‘Where’s Ferdinand Gone’ discussion page at the end as well as ‘See and Say’ word/picture matching pages.